[bct] Re: Speach synthesisers

  • From: "Brent Harding" <bharding@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 09:41:40 -0600

I think the way they speed up the realistic voices is like the old way they do with tapes, but digitally of course. These systems are probably designed for phone systems and stuff where speeding it up isn't that important. I'm sure those systems use sapi, too. What I don't get is why Jaws can't be controlled in it's sound device to use by the voice option in the sound settings? I think in the speech control panel XP has, you could theoretically switch voice to another device. I may have reason to do this at school where the software we use has absolutely no way to switch it to another card. Then I could turn it up without turning jaws up. The other piece would be getting headphones with 2 separate plugs on.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Tim Cross" <tcross@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, February 13, 2006 5:01 AM
Subject: [bct] Re: Speach synthesisers




I'm not 100% sure, but seem to remember being told that elequance is based on the IBM ViaVoice text-to-speech engine. I like this engine because it is one of the few TTS engines which handles fast speaking rates well. The other one I know of is the dectalk, which I also like.

One of the problems I find is that as research tries harder and harder
to create more realistic synthesized voices, we get improved voices
which run at a "standard" speaking rate, but at higher rates, the
speech degrades badly and becomes difficult to understand.

For users who rely on speech synthesis, I think fast rates are
important - if I had to listen to everything at a normal speaking
rate, I'd both go mad and only get a third of the work done. I also
like the fact that at work, nobody can actually understand what I'm
listening to, which is handy. Though, I do wonder what the office
would think if they heard my computer yelling out "Viagra", "penis
enlargement patches", "Cheap Meds" and "You have won 1000000 euros" -
bloody spam!

Tim

Riz writes:
> Hmm, interesting, I use Elequance but am not a big fan of it my-self.
> Riz
> ----- Original Message ----- > From: Jake Joehl
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> Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2006 5:45 PM
> Subject: [bct] Re: Speach synthesisers
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> Hi Riz. I use Eloquence as my default speech synth with JAWS and love > it. The speech is very customizable. I also like the DEC-talk family of > synths a lot.
> Jake
> ----- Original Message ----- > From: Riz
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> Can any one recommend a good speach synthesiser? I know that the > more human like they become the slower they become. It would be > interesting to find what everyone else hear thinks and which speach > synthasisers you use. I know some people do not care what kind of > speach they get whilst others want the speach as fast as possible but I > would really like to find one that is as human like as possible, any > suggestions would be graitly apreciated.
> Riz
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> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Hmm, interesting, I use Elequance but am > not a big
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> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Hi Riz. I use Eloquence as my default > speech
> synth with JAWS and love it. The speech is very customizable. I also > like the
> DEC-talk family of synths a lot.</FONT></DIV>
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> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Can any one recommend a good speach
> synthesiser?&nbsp; I know that the more human like they become the > slower
> they become.&nbsp; It would be interesting to find what everyone > else hear
> thinks and which speach synthasisers you use.&nbsp; I know some > people do
> not care what kind of speach they get whilst others want the speach > as fast
> as possible but I would really like to find one that is as human > like as
> possible, any suggestions would be graitly apreciated.</FONT></DIV>
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